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  FOX News    Americas Newsroom    News/Business. Bill Hemmer, Martha  
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    March 14, 2011
    9:00 - 11:00am EDT  

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>> steve: we're going to talk to kay in the after the show show, log on right now. she's got that new book out called "manning up." martha, are you coming back tomorrow? >> martha: of course i am. >> brian: stay tuned to the after the show show. we'll be here. bill: a new explosion raising new fears in japan. this is new video of when the powerful tsunami hit. watch this. a tsunami wave swallowing up this town. water rushing over homes, sending them splintering into pieces. over on top of their buildings. homes ripped from their foundation sending down a river
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of destruction. that's awesome in its powerfulness to watch. fears of a nuclear meltdown after this explosion rocked the fukushima nuclear plants. they continue yet again today. good morning. good to have you along with us. welcome, allison. >> the images out of japan are jaw dropping. this is a buddhist temple rocking back and forth from the sheer jolt of the quake. rescue and relief efforts are now underway. millions of people are left without food, water and electricity for days. japanese officials near thousands of people may be dead. bill: we have julian from sendai
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in northern japan where the tsunami came onshore near this nuclear power plants. what's the latest from there? >> i have been down by the sendai airport watching the japanese military collecting body parts from the paddy fields around the airport. the power is out in large parts of the city. there are huge fires along the waterfronts where the petroleum and refinery facilities have gone up. inland it's getting back to normal in that people are going back to where their houses used to be and they are trying to salvage what they can from the remains. homes are buckled, trees have been ripped up and shredded across the lands scape. it's a complete mess. .
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bill: it's mes he it's -- it's g to watch what's going on. what are they telling you? >> the government is being coy. they are telling people not to worry. but a lot of their credibility is gone because of what happened today. it hasn't triggered mass panic but there is a movement for people to leave the larger areas around the reactors. i also understand that some foreign governments are recommending that that they should think about leaving. bill: perhaps the japanese government does not note full truth or, b, it will be some
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time before that truth is revealed. or perhaps the reactors are built with reinforcements greater than people expected. >> people can't get close to them. experts are saying something very, very serious is about to happen. the japanese government is playing that down. they don't want to cause mass panic. they don't want the railroad systems flood with people trying to get away. bill: what are you seeing on the street where you are. >> i'm in one of the only hotels still open in the town of sendai. to the west i can see the burning refinery. a lot of the town -- a lot of the city is blacked out. there is traffic on the streets. none of the restaurants, none of
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the bars, none of the shops are open. the 24 hour stores are empty. there is no food in town. there are only four petrol stations serving gas act entire city. during the days there were lines of more than 200 vehicles at these petrol stations. it's not panic but people don't want to be here. bill: julian ryall reporting for "the daily telegraph." thank you for that eyewitness account on the grounds. >> reporter: to give you a sense the nuclear problems japan is pacing. there are 55 reactors in japan. 11 have now been shut down. japan gets about a third of its electricity from nuclear power. before this disaster there had
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been plans to increase that to 50%. bill: the mounting nuclear concerns forcing the u.s. military to reposition some ships and aircraft away from the east coast of japan. the u.s.s. ronald reagan now pulling back from the fukushima plant after low levels of radioactivity were found in the air. 17 air crew members who returned from a relief mission were said to have been exposed to low levels of radioactive activity. they were treated but they have not had any reaction. >> reporter: following the disaster in japan some say it's still a viable and vital source of energy in the u.s., but connecticut senator joe lieberman says it's time to put a brake on nuclear power. >> put the brakes on it until we
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understand the ramifications of what's happened in japan. we have 104 nuclear power plants in america now. 23 of them are built according to designs that are similar to the nuclear power plants in japan that are now the focus of our concern. >> reporter: senator lieberman says he still supports the development of nuclear power, but the u.s. should take another look at its domestic policy. bill: the facts on the fukushima nuclear plant can be found at foxnews.com. find out how many reactors are in danger. how many nuclear power plants are shut down and what the risks are for a meltdown in japan if we reach that point. we have not reached that point right now. all the details plus the latest at foxnews.com. >> reporter: financial
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aftershocks from japan arrive in america. we have seen a massive selloff on tokyo's stock market. it sank 6.2%. what's happening over here? good morning, stu. let's talk about what's happening in japan. >> down 6%. that's a big drop. japan's economy is at a virtual standstill. these rolling black out have put industry on the back foot largely shutting it down. the japanese economy at a virtual standstill. you cannot shut down the world's largest economy without a spillover here. second, america needs to borrow vast amounts of money.
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we won't be getting it from japan in the future. they won't be lending us the hundreds of bils they have in the -- hundreds of bills they have in the past. when the markets open, your 401k will take a bit of a hit. they are supplying liquidity. they are pumping money into the system to make sure it doesn't seize up after this catastrophy. they are creating yen. they are printing money in many respects. they are also sell something assets overseas and bringing them back to japan to pay for the rescue and rebuilding. they are pumping money into the economy to make sure that market does not collapse. >> reporter: thanks so much.
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bill: we are keeping track of americans stuck in japan after the quake and tsunami starting to come home in trickles. air traffic came to a halt in tokyo after the disaster last week. last night one of the first flights to leave tokyo arrived in the san francisco. >> there were people standing and they couldn't even stand up. >> we were able to flip our seats around and able to sleep with our luggage bridging the gap. >> they were handing out water and sleeping bags and crackers. bill: the trips to the u.s. may only be one way for now. the state department urging americans to avoid traveling for obvious reasons for the island nation of japan.
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>> reporter: huge news. bill: it is -- when you watch these images it's tough to take your eye off of it. >> reporter: whole villages are moving en masse. bill: the destruction is endless. we are back on that story throughout the morning. >> the law may be on the books but the budget battle is on. the democrats who left the state in wisconsin are back home and defending themselves. >> we emboldened the people of the state to do the right thing. i'm disappointed in this comments. we did for the trite reason. why they did what they did, i don't know why. >> reporter: we'll speak to the lead senate republican. bill: looking for a way to dig
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out of their own debt. one state would give the governor the power to take control of all financially troubled cities. >> reporter: the landscape of japan has changed forever. in just a few seconds. look at the images on your screen. a story of survival from a witness to the disaster. >> it was swaying so hard they fell off the wall. doors opened. lamps. there were cranes across the street and they looked like they were flags.
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taking this to a new level. this is an explosion at the reactor. fuel rods at the unit 3 reactor were exposed to seawater. hopefully avoiding a full-blown meltdown which has not happened to date. william toby is with us. the reports you are hearing and what we are getting. what is your assessment of japan's nuclear situation at the moment? view require's a very serious situation. one of the most serious nuclear events that's occurred ever. but we don't yet know exactly how bad it might turn out. bill: we may not know that for some time. a lot of people talk about 3-mile island in 1979. they talk about chernobyl in ukraine.
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chernobyl was a big deal because that was a full-blown meltdown. the russians and soviets, their system in chernobyl wasn't as advanced as the japanese. they had no containment shell around the reactor, the japanese do. the soviets built with graphite and the japanese do not. >> at cher global was an he can motion and fire. the graphite which moderated the core of the he actor actually burned and was thrown thousands of feet into the air. and that spread radioactive material across a wide area in europe. so the containment at chernobyl failed. in the japanese situation at least for now the containment has generally held. the main pressure vessels are still in place, and the core of the reactor is not exposed to the outside world.
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bill: do you attribute that to the construction orreaction and response. dumping all the ocean water in there to keep things cool. >> both have been important. the construction was important in the first place because it meant some containment was possible. then of course the actions subsequent to the event using seawater to cool it were necessary. in the soviet case they built the reactor so the rods could be extracted to be used to make nuclear weapons. and that made it difficult to put in place this tough, hard containment shell. bill: at what point are we past the danger zone? >> well, i think we are past the danger zone when it's clear the japanese can keep the reactor to cores cool. and it's not yet clear that has
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happened. especially once we know to the extent that there is any -- if any meltdown within the reactor. bill: we don't know if we are beyond the worst. >> i'm afraid that's right. it will probably be days before we are certain. bill: thank you, sir, for your time out of connecticut. alisyn: the garden state is looking like a giant lake. a weekend washout carrying over to today. we'll take you live to the scene of the floods. plus ... >> it's like my house flew off the foundation it was pretty scary. bill: a blast at the chemical plant sparking a public stealth scare. where it happened and why emergency crews were so concerned, and for good reason.
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alisyn: the floodwaters are going down this morning in northern new jersey, but they revealed the extent of damage to entire neighborhoods. it will be days before some communities dry out. floodwaters reached 6 feet in some areas when heavy rains and melting snow pushed river over their banks. governor chris christie pledged state help to the victims, some of whom are just now getting a first look what the they lost. >> it's nerve rack. i have friends who left their house thursday. we get to stay, but it's nerve
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rack. we have a little bit coming into our basement. but nothing compared to that down there. it's really sad. >> you watch things flow down the street and there goes all your memories. nothing you can do. alisyn: what's the scene in little falls, john? >> reporter: the water is receding. i was talking to a police officer. he said this was the water line as of last night. the passaic river along little falls was cresting at 11.8 feet early sunday morning around 1:00 a.m. it's now at 10.1 feet. that's considered major flood stage. the downward trend shows the water will continue to recede into wednesday and thursday. earlier this morning i spoke with the mayor of little falls, one of the hardest hit areas of northern new england *. he says while some folks have
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been wading on the water. he said it may not being in wednesday or thursday when they are allowed back into their homes. that's the scene in little falls and other communities in northern new jersey. wayne, new jersey, and several others where folks have been flooded out. at the height of the flooding 2,000 people according to officials were evacuated from their home. you can see plenty to clean up this morning throughout the rest of the week. alisyn: your camera shot paints the picture for us. john, thank you. bill: they were flooded out thursday. then another storm came through and gave them five more inches of rain. spring hasn't sprung yet. we are hoping, though. alisyn: we are holding our breath. bill: there was a horrific bus crash in new york over the
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weekend. >> can you show me where you are injured in. >> from here. from people's bodies. >> glass was all over people's bodies? >> yes. bill: look at this tour bus literally split in half. more than a dozen passengers dead. it appears the driver and the passengers tell a different story of what happened. alisyn: are we getting the full story out of japan? and should the international community get involved in we'll ask u.s. ambassador john bolton. [ bob ] i'd love to build bird houses for the rest of my life.
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the biggest nuclear threat the world has seen in years. 160-200 people have been exposed to radiation and 150,000 have been evacuated around the fukushima plant in the last days. with 300 nuclear plants now in trouble, does the u.s. and the world need to get more involved? ambassador john bolton, good morning to you. there is a scale that measures nuclear accidents from a 1 to a 7. japanese officials say this is currently a 4. how likely is it they are being completely forthcoming. >> i don't know if you can judge their public statements so much. but it's almost certainly the case the u.s. atomic energy agency. european union's officials are
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working closely with the japanese because of the obvious concern this could have around the world. i think it would be very hard not to mention extremely foolish for the japanese authorities of tokyo, the japanese nuclear regulatory officials to be hiding anything. because eventually this will come out one way or another. what they need and i hope what they want is assistance in dealing with this problem and prehaven't it from getting worse. alisyn: they are issuing wildly conflicting reports. over the weekend the chief cabinet secretary said, quote, a partial meltdown was likely underway. then the prime minister's office said there was no meltdown and quote the situation is under control. so how do we know where the truth lies. >> those are the politicians talking. you are getting them what you usually get from politicians. what i'm referring to are the certain communications between
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the utility officials and the regulatory officials with their counterparts all around the world seeking help, seeking guidance, seeking advice. it's those communications that matter more than what the politicians say. those communications are not going to be public. there is little doubt that ultimately we'll have a full scientific understanding of what happened at these plants. so i would assume that scientists and technicians are providing accurate data to their counterparts. alisyn: is this a case where the iaea would go into the fukushima plant? >> i don't know that they have to put people inside. these reactor designs are well known and the emergency procedures are well known. what happened here was not a failure of the nuclear components so much as it was a failure of design of the reactor putting the backup generators for the cooling system in a
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place that was vulnerable to the tsunami that came after the earthquake. this is a disaster for the japanese nuclear industry, no doubt about it, two and perhaps three of these plants are never going to be used again. but containment vessels at all three plants so far, under line so far, continue to contain the bulk of the radiation. in that sense the containment vessels are doing what they are designed to do. alisyn: the idea they had a 1-2 punch from earthquake to tsunami, they were standing more than they expected to. what if the iaea needs to get the clearest picture, just clarity. could they go in there? >> that's not iaea's function. it's designed to provide technical assistance. the head of the iaea is a japanese official, very familiar with the japanese nuclear
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industry. i'm sure there is extensive cooperation going on and that can be done remotely to iaea officials there, i'm sure the japanese would welcome it. bill: sendai is in northeast japan, it took the brunt of the earthquake and also the tsunami. this is an aerial photo of the airport in sendai in august of last summer. now look at the aerial image. look at all this degree lining the airport. all this degree that lines the runway up to the north. you can see what happened to the han --happened to the hangar. all this debris that's lined up taken from area towns. this is a before picture from
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april of last year. see the homes in this area? what appears from the aerial pictures. these are wooden homes. then you go to the after image. you can see how these homes are ripped from their foundation and taken from where they were and reduced to absolute splinters. the whole landscape has been leveled. here is one structure that looks like it survived. here is another structure that looked like it may survive. perhaps a few in the lower left-hand column. but all of this, unless it's farmland, all of this has been ripped out. there used to be a neighborhood, a town in the northern section near sendai. a lot of folks calling and asking. here is sendai on the left and the image to the right. it's the same area. it's the same neighborhood from april of last year to march of this year, only 11 months later.
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all that debris you see that comes from the water rushing through. many of that was the homes and building reduced to nothing. a lot of folks now wondering about how they can help. on our web site at foxnews.com. you can go there and log on to figure out all the four need to donate. we encourage you to check it. you. if you can be so kind to send a donation to the american red cross or chair of the your choice. japan needs the world's help and you can help, too. alisyn: there are new questions about that horrifying bus crash in new york city. 14 people were killed after a tour bus returning from a casino overturned on a highway. the driver says he was clipped by a tractor-trailer before sliding off the road into a sign
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pole. but witnesses are not backing up that story. >> reporter: police are saying the bus driver's story doesn't add up. he claimed a tractor-trailer clipped his vehicle while changing lanes at 5:30 in the morning and fled the scene causing that bus to slide into a sign pole and shared it from end to end, ending in a gruesome scene that killed 14 people. but police say there is no evidence on the bus to suggest a collision ever took place. detectives said the bus driver was cooperating with him. then they put out an alert searching for the driver of the tractor-trailer that may have run the bus off the road. then came the conflicting stories. the driver who had been working for worldwide tours for 6 months passed a breathalyzer test.
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worldwise says it's working with investigators which will examine an engine control module that will indicate how fast the bus was going and analyze footage from the camera inside the bus. >> there was a forward-looking camera. we want to see fit was active and did it record anything, did it provide any information that may be useful to us. >> reporter: passengers and witnesses said this account of getting clipped by a tractor-trailer didn't flash flood watch with what they saw. williams was briefly trapped under the bus but he crawled out to rescue others. alisyn: thanks for the update. there are brand-new developments in the case of a baby at the of an international right to life
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debate. just hours before baby joseph was suppose to be pulled off life support, why he's now in the united states. bill: former new york governor george pataki weighing in on a controversial new bill out of michigan that will save that state from a financial crisis. back in a few moments on a monday morning.
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alisyn: there was a terrifying incident for people in middleton, massachusetts. there was a chemical plant explosion. firefighters from several towns were called in to put out the flames at the plant which makes plastics and adhesives. the blast terrified people living nearby.
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>> i felt like my house blew off the foundation. the house just shook and my pictures fell off the walls. >> the roof had been blown off. the sides and the windows were blown out. there was a gentleman on the ground not moving. >> it was pretty scary. >> not knowing what was going on. we thought it was a house explosion. and it was scary. until we found out exactly what was going on. alisyn: the fire marshal says air quality around the blast shows no signs of contamination. they are look into what caused this explosion. bill: some people are calling this financial martial-law. the governor of michigan backing a bill to take control of
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sweeping financial measures in this state. i have never heard of something like this before. financial martial-law. >> when new york city was bankrupt the state legislature put in place a financial control board. that financial control board had the say over new york city's finance and new york city's contracts. when i was governor i did it three or four times. i did it for erie county, the city of buffalo, nassau county, we took away the authority to run those cities because the locals had failed to manage effectively. bill: how did the financial control board do? >> they did well. the local officials have failed. but you can't let the people suffer because of some government failure. you have to step in if you are going to be a leader. it sounds draconian, about it am
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not unique. i did it a number of times and it worked. bill: some have said a lot of places there is no control. if you are in lansing and you are deep in the red, the governor do cake financial control of the city and try to make it healthy again. michigan is a huge challenge. unemployment is extraordinary. 20% in some cases. in your case in new york how long did it take before things got better? >> in almost every case it has taken a few years. i said new york city had a financial control board in the 70s. it still exists today and it oversees what the city does. twice a year the board meet and the mayor has to come and present the financial condition of the city. if it isn't appropriate. that board has the ability to abrogate contracts. i think it's unfortunate, but
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when it's necessary you can't let the people suffer because local officials failed to take the action necessary. bill: democratic leaders are saying this is an assault on union. >> it comes down to doing what's right for the people. it's not democrat or republican. you hope the government closest to the people can function well. if they don't, you can't sit back. if you are the governor or the leader of a state you want to help the people of the state. bill: michigan more than a lot of other states. many states are hurting but michigan is in the top five it appears. you were governor this great state during 9/11. you were responsible for sending the first responders into ground zero. k.t. macfarland was here on friday and said the u.s. military is the first responder for the world. in cases like japan that is
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emphasize. how does the military go about this, what can the u.s. do in terms of helping the people of japan. >> we have to leave it to the japanese authorities to take the lead. we can't look to impose help or solution to them. help has to take a number of levels. japan needs the world's help and people can contribute and they should. technical support is critical. urban search and rescue teams have been deployed all over the world. you need technical assistance to help with the nuclear potential meltdown. i'm sure we are doing everything we can to help out. but japan is an advanced and developed country. whether they need u.s. military support that's up to the japanese government. i'm sure they will ask if necessary, and i'm sure they will respond. bill: we are here to help when needed. george pataki. alisyn, what's next? alisyn: there has been a
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surprise move in the fight for baby joseph. the terminally ill baby taken from a canadian hospital in the middle of the night and brought to the u.s. bill: watch this. that is incredible footage as the tsunami wave from japan hits california's coast. we are assessing the damage there in oregon and other parts in a moment [ shapiro ] at legalzoom, you can take care of virtually all your important legal matters in just minutes. now it's quicker and easier for you to start your business... protect your family... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. aren't getting enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms,
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bill: we are getting the price tag for damage in california caused by the tsunami. expected to top $50 million. santa cruz was one of the
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hardest hit areas. look how the boats piled up there. the wall of water triggered by japan's massive quake. the santa cruz harbor is still closed as folks clean up from the debris. >> we think we dodged a bullet environmentally. because most of the boats that were damaged are private vessels that carried a minimal amount of fuel. >> i saw the video of what happened down there, i'm surprised and happy i didn't lose my boat. bill: if i was a boat owner i would be upset. the harbor will be closed until they are sure there is no more environmental damage. that was just santa cruz up the coast in oregon. alisyn: a dramatic turn of events overnight for baby joseph. the terminally ill child whose parents had been battling
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canadian doctors to bring baby joseph home for his final days. he was taken out of an ontario hospital and taken to missouri. tell was happened overnight. >> reporter: under the cover of darkness, they were able to rescue baby joe receive from a canadian hospital to give him life in the u.s. a family member says it was like a dream come true to see the father and the baby leaving the hospital. the family hopes now a new chance for life for baby joseph. >> they sent out an all points bulletin. this is a serious situation, why aren't hospitals stepping up to the plate.
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when we sent out that general announcements they they came forward. >> reporter: the child was rushed to the cardinal glennon hospital. he's fighting a disease that the canadian doctors say placed him in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery. the doctors say the status was terminal and they were planning to remove his breathing tube. the baby's father asked canadian doctors to insert a tracheotomy and allow joseph to be sent home to die. but the hospital refused. the court upheld the hospital's decision, ordering the parents to consent to the withdrawal of the breathing tube. now that joseph has been removed from that hospital, the family is hoping their son will have a fighting chance.
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the organization, priests for life has been critical of canada's medical bureaucra bure. alisyn: let's hope this gives the parents some som solace. bill: 10,000 dead? we are at 2,800 which is bad enough. we are back on our top story. the relief effort in japan is staggering. thousands unaccounted for. those who survived have no food, water or electricity. now worry is of nuclear fallout. live from japan at the top of the hour. alisyn: democrats looking for another extension of cash to keep the government running. they are talking about the long-term problems. the debate heats up next.
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bill: good morning on a monday morning, a "fox news alert." i want you to watch new videotape of the tsunami coming on shore in japan. we believe this is in the area of sendai, and, this giant wave, came on shore following that enormous earthquake, 200 miles off of japan's northeast coast. and watch this here. what you saw there, what appeared to be a neighborhood. like so many other neighborhoods hit so hard, a wave traveling 500 miles per hour. scrambling to stop a nuclear melt down, a second explosion at
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a crippled atomic power plant sending a massive cloud of smoke and debris sky-high, fully exposing radioactive fuel rods and at least one reactor, already, said to be a dozen people treated for radiation exposure and let's hope the number doesn't change much and for those exposed, we hope it is a low level, good morning i'm bill hemmer and a big welcome to allyson. alisyn: great to be with you, i'm alisyn camerota in for martha maccallum. hundreds of victims of the tsunami washing ashore in what reports call a tide of bodies, as millions suffer through day 4 with no food, no water, no heat, no power, david piper is live in tokyo for us. tell us what the scene it. >> reporter: the latest we have, frantically trying to stop three reactors at the fukushima plant from overheating and we understand fuel rods were
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exposed, unit 2 there and now we know the water is rising again, so, they are trying to get it under control. but also as you said, there was a blast, earlier today, unit 3, seems to be a hydrogen leak, which caused that. the same problem which blew up unit one on saturday. so, the japanese government at this time says they believe the reactors, all three of the reactors have not been breached. so, there isn't any massive radiation exposure coming out of these reactors, but, there is major concern here, and they have got a 12 mile radius around the plant, keeping everybody away from there, but, some european governments are urging their difference to leave the country, now, particularly, tokyo, which is only as i said, 160 miles south of here, but, the u.s. ambassador to japan, he held a news conference a short
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time ago and he said that they wouldn't be following france's lead, and they are listening to what the japanese are saying about that, and they believe they do still have it under control. back to you. alisyn: david piper live from tokyo, thank you. meanwhile we now know 17 u.s. navy personnel have been treated for radioactive contamination. nuclear crisis causing u.s. ships to pull back from japan. those from the u.s. 7th fleet, officers on board said they detect aid plume of smoke released from the one of the nuclear plants and james rosen has more details. how badly were the u.s. service personnel affected. >> reporter: not badly at all, allyson. the u.s. navy made clear the 17 service personnel leafreceived same exposure as if they hiked in the adirondacks for 30 days, they were members aboard three helicopters conducting disaster
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relief missions near sendai and were returning to uss ronald reagan, 100 miles northeast of the fukushima daichi nuclear power plant after completion of the mission and sense tiff instruments detected the low-level contamination in a news conference in tokyo today, lieutenant general burton fields, commander of u.s. forces, japan described what happened next, we found contamination on the clothes of several crewmembers and one crewmember had some on his skin. and, the exposure rate was the same as you'd get over a month-long period outside in the sun and we assess that as very very, low and general field continued the way we treat that is we scrub the areas with soap and water, and we test them and there was apparently no harm come to any crewmembers and they are all back performing their missions today. and as a precautionary measure, however uss ronald reagan and other 7th fleet ships and their assets have been moved out of the down-wind direction of the power plant, allyson. alisyn: it is incredible it can be treated so easily with just soap and water.
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meanwhile, let's talk about what is happening at the state department. what is secretary of state hillary clinton doing for japan today. >> reporter: the secretary of state arrived not long ago in paris, en route to her visit to egypt and tunisia to try and nudge the democracy movements along in those countries, however the diplomatic corps is hard at work on the japanese disaster, the u.s.-aid has spent just about $750,000 in relief funds and that includes the dispatch of a disaster assistance and response team to japan. on the ground now working there, allyson. alisyn: james rosen from the state department, live for us, thank you. bill: japanese military forces looking for thousands who might still be alive in one city. with a population of 10,000, said to be nearly 2/3 of the residents not heard from since last friday. most port cities were completely washed out and rescue workers have found a handful of survivors, formerly missing. so far there is no way to really
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know how many people died in the tragedy. the numbers at least in the thousands. there is a figure put out earlier today at 2800. and it could extend to 10,000 and frankly we do not know but we do believe the number will rise. alisyn: because there are whole villages where people are still missing. meanwhile, we are now hearing more of the heartbreaking stories from japanese-americans trying to reach their relatives back home. for one woman in can it has been an especially desperate time knowing her sisters are safe but her brothers' whereabouts are a mystery. >> hurts, hurts so, so much. a few days ago, i talk to both of them, over the phone. the house is very silent so i'm pretty sure... and the tsunami, th didn't come that far so they must be out somewhere, not home. my older brother has cancer, and
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he is very weak. very fragile. alisyn: this morning as we've said are reportedly still missing and thousands of others are being evacuated from their homes. bill: a family in ohio, now, breathing a sigh of relief, in and and a big one, after hearing from their daughter who has been teaching english in japan. >> she says she's pretty upset... >> the teachers are... they kept the teachers at the school, and they all stayed in the classroom. >> they slept with their shoes on and ran out of the building a couple of times because of the aftershocks and she is just waiting, and seed like to come home but that will not happen right away. bill: that was one tense phone call and the king family plans to do whatever it takes to bring their daughter home, sooner than thought before. alisyn: new video of hundreds of travellers piling into tokyo's
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airport trying to get out of japan, many folks standing in long lines as the news of a potential nuclear crisis obviously weighs on their minds. >> i think, normal life will be disrupted for the next few weeks. you know, noticeably, and, it is obviously worrying what is happening at the nuclear plant at fukushima. you want to get down? >> yeah. >> i'm sorry. the situation is under control, i'm sure of that. but, normal life will be affected for a few days. alisyn: traveling with a toddler is hard enough and fear of radiation poisoning spreading in japan and in moments dr. marc siegel will join us with the possible health effects. bill: and, the aftershocks making the catastrophe worse. dozens of powerful tremors that normally would be considered full-blown earthquakes, already this morning a 6.2 aftershock rocked the region and experts say a 70% chance of another shock topping 7 on the scale.
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that is enough to make anyone shake. a geophysicist with the u.s. geological survey joins us. thank you for your time today. one point you made is the earthquake was much bigger off the coast of japan than many people thought. why would that be? >> well, historically, the section of the zone had not had earthquakes in the range since 869 ad and it is not clear how big that one was and the historical record didn't clearly indicate that this kind of mega-quake could happen in this region. bill: that is 1400 years ago. >> yes, so, since that time, very steadily the plate motions have been accumulating strain and the northern area has been come employeesed and, lurched eastward in the earthquake, by as much as about 13 feet. and so this was picked up by the
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dense network of gps instruments in japan. bill: aftershocks have been plentiful, and, so many of them well north of 6.0. that is so powerful and so strong. what does that tell you, doctor? >> well, okay. i'll give you a quick summary of the update on the aftershock sequence, there have been over 30 reported at magnitude 6 or greater. and over 230 recorded at magnitude 5 and greater. as you said, up through the 16th of march, at 10:00 a.m., jma says the probability of a magnitude 7 or greater is at 70% and will drop to 50% at that time based on their calculation. so, this is very severe aftershocks hazards, continuing and another reminder, with new zealand, if we get an aftershock close to a densely populated area that can be highly damaging as well. bill: you said march 16th, two days from now and it is still a
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possibility the earth can move and when it moves, after experiencing the earthquake, it does nothing but terrify the people who are back there. now you mentioned christchurch, new zealand quake, from a new weeks back, does that have any connection with the fault line off the coast of japan? are they unconnected? >> well, they are along the pacific ring of fire as it is called. so, around the edges of the pacific plate where typically we have either subduction zones, and, faults where the plates move past one another and around the whole connected ring of fire, there is a localized zone of a lot of volcanic and earthquake activities. and, so there is that connection. but, apart from that, we have had so many earthquakes around the ring of fire, over time, last year, the chilean earthquake, so people have been thinking about those connections, but i would say the main connection i see is they are located along the plate
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convergence around the pacific rim. bill: ken hudnut, thank you for your time, we'll be in contact throughout the week. >> thank you. bill: allyson. alisyn: not one, now but two explosions at japan's ailing nuclear facilities, already more than 2 dozen people treated for exposure to radiation and could this happen at nuclear facilities here in the u.s. bill: also another and aid worth billions, ali to keep the government up and running and conservatives are not happy, enough is enough. alisyn: done with the piecemeal and the 14 missing democrats are coming back to madison, wisconsin and why the battle may not be over there. >> today i wants people to realize that are coming in, there's a group of people in the state, a language madrge majori believe people have rights and it is a civil right. [ male announcer ] springtime belongs to the doers.
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there are -- i think it will include about $6 billion, in cuts, so we're on a path, a slow path but a path, nevertheless, to get to the $61 billion in reductions of this year's spending. that house republicans were able to send over to us. so, i think it should, should pass, and will pass. alisyn: senate minority leader mitch mccontinnell confident th short-term resolution to pass the new budget. and, bob beckel worked in president carter's white house and is a fox news contributor and andrea tantaras, a conservative columnist and fox news contributor. good morning to both of you. angela, let me start with you. a bunch of freshmen republicans, conservatives who say they are considering voting against this because they find this stop-gap measure where you extend it by 2
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and 3 weeks, they find it ludicrous, will they hold sway. >> at the end of the day they'll vote for it but, look they need to stick to their ground and they are right. you cannot continue to kick the spending can or the cutting spending can, i should say down the road. and, so, i think this time, they are going to end up voting for it. here's where i think you will see the real push, in april congress has to vote whether or not to raise the debt ceiling and the conservatives will dig in their heels and say unless you cut spending, $61 billion they'll start out with, we will not vote for this and that is when i believe the pressure you will see hit mitch mcconnell and boehner but, also the democrats, are they going to come to the table, with more cuts? senator schumer even said they should but, up until now they haven't showed they are willing. alisyn: bob, what do you think will happen, they have a vote on the continuing resolution. will it go forward, three more weeks. >> she's right it will go forward as long as it doesn't
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have policies issues in it which it means to take the money away from health care reform, or the -- gut the environmental protection agency, but, assuming that is not in there and probably won't be, it will pass but the april 8 date is an important one, not only about the debt ceiling but that is also just before the new cr, if it passes, will run out and there will be no way the democrats are going to go to $61 billion, no way they'll go to $30 billion, when you get it now, you are now in the territory where you are making policy that runs counter to democrats in the senate and the house, and, democratic interest groups and they will not let that pass and i think, frankly, we really are staring at a shut down in government, sometime in april. alisyn: is that right? let's talk the policy issues. that bob brought up. the president brought those up on friday and called them riders and said they have no business in the bill. should they come out? will they come out. >> they should, absolutely. everything should be on the table. but this is why you didn't see a budget passed last year from
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democrats. obama did not want to cut as bob said, the special interest groups, planned parenthood, he wants to appease the environmentalists and doesn't want to see cuts to the epa and now we are closer to a presidential election, and i believe the president simply is running out the clock. you have democrats, harry reid asking the president to leaned joe manchin says where is the president, help us out here. he out sources the most serious and sense ti and sensitive issues, and he did it in the health care debate an outsourced the big jobs and goes golfing because you know what else, at the end of the day leadership is not found in the -- >> quickly is the president outsourcing this? >> first of all, it takes a lot of work to be a good golfer. but the fact of the matter is, this is the republicans' own medicine. i remember last year they were just saying no on everything and obama is sitting back and letting it play out a little bit and the republicans have to take the lead because this control the house and that is where --
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and i suspect he will not get into it until they play the cards out more and let the american people see what they are going to do and let me add something else, the idea of not taking on entitlements, even in this 2011, is just ridiculous. alisyn: got it, bob beckel and angela, thanks so much. >> my pleasure. >> thank you. bill: new videotape now, and if you were not sure how powerful a wall of water can be at 500 miles an hour, just watch here: bill: no, the question is whether or not the country can prevent a full-scale nuclear melt down. after the break in only three minutes. [ male announcer ] a chicken coop: the unlikely birthplace of a fundamental idea.
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bill: we showed you this right before the break, a bit early. new videotape into "america's newsroom" showing the destruction of the tsunami. this is after the earthquake on friday. the tsunami waves wash on shore, and, this is what we find: >> buildings and homes of 9,000 residents, moving swift away.
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bill: the voice us hear are in all likelihood the people who lived in those homes in the lower area. japanese in the town of miyagi, people watching as the tidal surge flooded the residential area below, that is last friday and it's stunning to watch this and hear reaction from the locals there. wow. now there are fears of a third explosion at a nuclear plant, in japan. and we now know raid ache leak but at least one of the damaged nuclear power plants in japan, people are being tested as a
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pre-cautions the government is handing out iodine tablets to help prevent exposure but what are health risks if contaminated? dr. marc siegel with me now. good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: shakes you up when you watch the video and listen to the voices you know are holding the camera and watching their town below them. >> that is the main issue. bill: the radiation of a nuclear plant is a big, big deal but you believe the primary story resides with the living. how so. >> for starters the larger issue with health care concerns here are, how many thousands drowned? how we get the bodies disposed of so they don't contaminate the living, contaminate the water. people that are used to living on the grid here, bill, used to a certain power source, are used to getting their clean water in a certain place, now are displaced from their homes and their homes have been destroyed and where do they go and how do we keep the clean water from being contaminated by sewer
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water and, people with fractures to the hospital and triage them and keep their wounds clean and how do you get lungs clean from people who partly drowned. bill: before you get to all of that you have to get access to them and from best we can tell it is still very very, difficult. >> no question, you have 84 teams out there, trying to get to these people and, once you get them, where do you take them, hospitals are clearly going to be overloaded and hospitals that are used to taking care of people with heart attacks are taking care of people who are injured and a tough situation before you get to the issue of the radiation risks. bill: now on radiation, symptoms include nausea, fatigue, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, and could be a couple days before you feel the effects. >> that is acute. if you got the big radiation exposure, somewhere around 50 to 100 rems and you heard in the previous report from james rosen they are worried about something much less. to give you an idea, the amount of radiation you have to get before you can get as sick as what you talk about is 5 to
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10,000 times more than a routine chest x-ray. that is radiation sickness. bill: do we know if anyone has been exposed to those levels yet. >> we don't think they have and that brings up the second radiation concern, what about the long term risks and people exposed to iodine risks of thyroid cancer and you brought up the potassium iodide pills and those are handed out as a prevention, in chernobyl, they gave the pills out to 17 million people and found a low risk of thyroid cancer, 6,000 in chernobyl who got thyroid cancer did not have those pills and the potassium iodide pills protect the thyroid. they work and there are other things with the radiation you worry about, plutonium can last a long time and there are carcinogens in the radiation we worry about. bill: to be cautious we have not reached the point we are describing here, yet. and let's hope we don't get there. >> in the meantime and we have to worry about fears, there's a great risk of overreacting and
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getting very worried in a country that lived through hiroshima and nagasaki, now a nuclear fear, there will be a lot of post-traumatic stress disorder. bill: the lead story in all of this reporting is the radiation risk to the public appears to be low, so far. again we stress, thank you, very much, dr. marc siegel. alisyn: japanese nuke plant workers are scrambling to troy and avoid a nuclear melt down, prompting concerns here in the u.s., trace gallagher is live at a nuclear facility in california, trace? >> reporter: and it is a massive nuclear facility, allyson and the concern is it is built on the ocean in a earthquake-prone part of our country. how safe is it? surprising answers, coming up. 
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alisyn: developing right now in america's news room, four people are recovering after an explosion at a chemical plant, in mriddleton, massachusetts, firefighters from several towns helped put out the flames and u.s. state department spokesman, p. j. crowley calling it quits after the white house caught wind of comments he made, about the pentagon's treatment of private bradley manning, and, new york city police investigating a bus driver's cash story saying he was driven off the road by a tractor-trailer before saturday's tragic deadly crash
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and the passengers and witnesses tell police the bus was swerving before the accident. bill: wow. okay, back on japan, right now as it relates tots nuclear power issue, we are -- to the nuclear power issue and there's a number of nuclear power plants in the u.s., in general the mississippi river cuts down around here and the majority of the nuclear power plants are east of the mississippi river and we wanted to see abouti izseismic activitn the u.s. going back to 1900 and this is what we found, in the -- the mississippi runs down this way and greater majority of all seismic activity was been well west of the u.s., in alaska and hawaii, all marked on the screen by the purple dots you see, well west of mississippi while the nuclear power plants have been east of the mississippi. and, down here in california, trace gallagher did great work for us on friday, and he's back out, today, nuclear power plant,
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san clemente, california, good morning to you. >> reporter: this is the nuclear power plant and this is the biggest power source in southern california, 2200 megawatts and is a massive facility. that gives power to about 1.4 million southern california homes and a lot of focus on this power plant, today, because, clearly, it is built right on the ocean, it is in earthquake-prone southern california and we talk to the experts and they say it's all about redundancy here, because they believe the most powerful earthquake that could hit the area is 6.5. so they've built this to withstand a 7 and they believe the biggest tsunami that could hit is 25 feet and built the wall 30 feet and look at the dome again, there are two of them, the concrete and the outside of the dome is from 4 to 7 feet wide. they say it can easily withstand a strike from a jetliner but, if
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catastrophe did strike here, here's the key and here's the problem right now, in japan, is that when this happened they could not get power to cool the reactor and here, they say, it's all about shutting it down, and making sure you have the power to the facility to cool the reactor, they have diesel backup generators and battery backup generators in case the diesel goes down and if all that fails there is a gravity system in place, that cools the generator, bill, reactor, that is the big key, when you talk about a nuclear power plant, that is the size, 80,000 people, live within ten miles of the area. bill: interesting note, trace gallagher, thanks, southern california, "fox news alert," the president talking about japan. >> president barack obama: i said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime minister kan, the u.s. will
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continue to offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters and we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. now, i just had a chance to talk with some of your teachers, as well as some students, who told me about your all-school project that weaving the life and music of duke ellington in your class. by getting students engaged in learning, you are teaching the kinds of skills about how tho think and work together that young people are going to need in college, and beyond. that is what all of our schools need to be doing. and in an economy that is more competitive and connected than ever before, a good job and a good career is going to demand a good education.
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over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs are going to require more than a high school diploma. bill: the topic there is education, arlington, virginia. and we wanted to catch the beginning of the comments there from the president. talking about intern commitment and the conversations he has had with the japanese prime minister. and the u.s. has been on the move, ever since the first tremors occurred last week and with our u.s. military and all of our assets we are poised and ready to help out any way we can, waiting on word from the japanese and wanted to share that with you, the president talking about that moments ago, arlington, virginia, 22 minutes before the hour. alisyn: bill it is obviously the fear of a melt down that prevents the u.s. from expanding more aggressively its nuclear power industry and america's worst nightmares are playing out on live television, right now, in japan. explosions at two nuclear reactors, crippled by the tsunami. could this ever happen right here at home? rita king is a former journalist who covers nuclear power many years, rita, welcome.
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>> thanks for having me. alisyn: let's tart by talking about california, are the two nuclear facilities in california equipped to handle the devastation we are seeing in japan, now, following the earthquake and the tsunami. >> they aren't because the plants in california are built to -- i know, diablo canyon is built to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and japan we have an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, possibly 9.0. alisyn: geologists say california is actually due for an earthquake. >> yes. alisyn: you are saying from all of your research and covering this, if a earthquake the size of one hit japan, were to hit california, the -- neither of the two facilities there, could withstand that. >> they may be able to. but, there is a chance they may not. so, it really comes down to luck, for example, right now in japan, at the fukushima plant there were hydrogen explosions but the containment of buildings do not appear to have been impaired, but as aftershocks
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continue the situation is dynamic. alisyn: diablo canyon facility you talked about was designed in 1980 and only to withstand a 7.5 earthquake and is there a way to now retro-fit to it make it more modern and to withstand something stronger? >> that is a tough one and is a question for the engineers. it is very expensive and these plants were designed to withstand a 7.5. alisyn: why? why so -- why now, such a small magnitude earthquake when we know they can be so much bigger. >> two reasons, one is really a failure of the imagination. we can't really imagine the unthinkable until it occurs and the other is, business models are not often constructed around the unthinkable and probable but are constructed around likely consequences. alisyn: what happened in japan is the cooling system got knocked out, 2, possibly 6 of these reactors. is that possible here? >> sure. what you are looking at in japan, is really multiple dynamics of a situation, you
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have the earthquake and then you have the tsunami. so, it is -- plants are built close to the shore, then the tsunami becomes an issue as well. alisyn: chilling stuff, rita king, thanks for coming in and sharing your knowledge with us. >> thank you. bill: back to japan. first, the 14 missing democratic senators in wisconsin, may be back home now but that does not mean the fight is over. far from it, perhaps. >> there are a lot of people out here, wanting the best for their kids, for our future. not going into some big, fancy dinner. bill: the state republicans, senate majority leader scott fitzgerald is live next out of madison to tell us where the next battle is, in wisconsin, go to foxnews.com and check out the quake interactive map and shows the epicenter of the earthquake and there is video and so many pictures of the devastation, foxnews.com your other news source. >> i saw water. i ran. i -- like the water was chasing
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>> hundreds of thousands being evacuated from around the nuclear plant in japan as it edges -- edges closer and closer tie melt down, the latest blow to a nation already staggering. the death toll soaring and aftershocks continue to rattle the country and americans could be in harm's way, more than a dozen already being treated for radiation exposure, live coverage from japan to california, straight ahead, "happening now." >> we stay focused and i said the protesters, at least those in wisconsin have every right to be heard but they will not overpower the voices of the literally millions of taxpayers in the state who want to us balance the budget and protect middle class jobs and want us to get the job done we said we'll do, and we will not be
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intimidated and in the end we'll do what is right for wisconsin. bill: wisconsin's republican governor scott walker sticking to his convictions on "fox & friends" today. after thousands of protesters rallied against the passing of a controversial budget bill, wisconsin democrats say the fight is not over and are targeting the republican state senators who supported that bill. one is republican scott fits jerrell, wisconsin state senate majority leader and sir, welcome back here and good morning to you. >> hi, bill. bill: welcome back to "america's newsroom." the unions say the they are more galvanized than ever and give people like you credit for that, is there more pep in their step now and have they been awake end. >> maybe but the taxpayers in wisconsin also are galvanized and the response that the pup senators have been receiving, back home in their districts, has been overwhelming and that is exactly what we expected. bill: okay. you said -- correct me if i'm wrong on this quote, that president obama will have a lot harder time winning wisconsin, 2012 now?
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as a result of the budget repair bills? if you stand by that, why? >> yes. well, we all know wisconsin is certainly going to be one of the targeted states, and -- in the 2012 presidential, and, right now, it looks like, you know, what we have is a situation where the unions are going to be not as strong as they certainly were, before this bill was signed into law, last week. bill: and the unions -- the unions would say that was the intent all along. >> no, i disagree. i mean, it comes back to trying to up the the tables back towards the taxpayers. so public employee unions have had 50 years, and we're just clawing back from them making up sometimes 75, 80% of these budgets at the local level but, there is no doubt about it. the presidential is part of that, because we can see it in the organization, that is in and around these recalls, right now. bill: we talked before we came on the air, you think the unions
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have moved on, moved onto the fight in wisconsin and gone where? >> right. well, you know, idaho, iowa, ohio, i mean, that is what we have been hearing the last couple of days, that this is something where the private and public sector unions are starting to feel the heat, nationwide. and as states try and deal with these massive deficits we are facing. >> what the unions would argue is that the fight is not over and they'll press that point with numerous recall elections. how concerned -- how concerned are you about that and changing the balance of power, in your state house? >> well, the point is the fight is over, here i mean, the governor signed into law on friday, but, moving forward, i think the further away we get from the actual vote, the taxpayers will start to see that this is going to work. it will work at the school boards, it will work with the county boards, and the mayors throughout the state and they will see that they now have the ability and the tools they need
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to make these budgets work. bill: is that despite the wisconsin policy research institute poll, found 50% of voters in wisconsin, think it was unnecessary to take away collective bargaining rights? they said 43% supported your decision? what do you think about that poll, that shows that edge to the unions? >> yes. the polls are polls and the further away we get from the vote i think you will see this numbers shift back to the republicans' favor and we are fine with what we did, last week. bill: no after effects? no lingering hangover from what has been an epic one-month battle? >> we're taking the recall seriously. and, you know, we know how to run elections. and, you know, if nothing else, we'll probably pick up a seat when this thing is over with. bill: you think so, you'll actually gain seats. >> i do. really do. yeah, every time i have been leader we have added to our majority and i think this is another opportunity for us. bill: at what point is wisconsin's budget balanced?
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how many years? >> oh, it will be completed sometimes at the end of june. and what you will see is the $3.6 billion deficit will be whittled down to $200 million. and that is something that has not happened in almost ten years in wisconsin. >> that is the year? >> that is the year. bill: scott fitzgerald, thank you for your time. he leads the republicans in the senate there in madison, wisconsin. thank you. >> thanks, bill. bill: what is next. alisyn: confident forecast. bill: sure is. alisyn: meanwhile, libyan rebels are fighting tooth and nail against forces loyal to dictator muammar qaddafi and reports say the government fire power is overwhelming that up riding. now, muammar qaddafi is trying to make "let's miake a deal" wih operation forces, we are live from the war zone, right after the break. d aerodynamic design destined to shape our future.
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alisyn: now to the unrest in libya, where muammar qaddafi soldiers claim to be gaining ground in the fight against opposition forces. pounding rebel-held towns with heavy artillery fire. and, with airstrikes. this as the government now says they'll pardon any soldiers who defect, if they surrender. rick leventhal is streaming live from libya. rick? >> reporter: here in tabrook, the atmosphere is calm, save celebratory gunfire and the opposition leaders speak boldly of victory but in brega, a different atmosphere that's rebel fighters are being hit hard by muammar qaddafi's army, using tanks and artillery and airstrikes. to soften targets and push the rebel fighters back and also is a-- has wounded many of them who
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are being treated in local hospitals. now, qaddafi said he captured brega yesterday and rebels say they took back over, overnight and it is hard to say who is in control now and there are new airstrikes now in... [no audio]. alisyn: rick leventhal, live streaming for us. and from libya and we have lots of technical difficulties coming out of there. bill: it is difficult to get the pictures and we are lucky to have the reporters and the places they are to bring you they're at home and that is one case where technical difficulties get in the way when you're in the desert. alisyn: we'll try to get back to him. bill: libya is not solved, just yet, qaddafi is gaining power. alisyn: after it looked as though the rebels had... bill: breaking news, we mentioned the bus crash over the weekend, one of the most horrific bus crashes you have heard of. ntsb investigating whether or not another person died as a
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result and the bus was cut in two, severed on the highway, this weekend. alisyn: the stories of what happened to the passengers in a aftermath are so grisly and gruesome, the worst accident we have heard about in years and would not be surprising if more of the severely injured people sadly, pass away. bill: as you see on screen the 15th person has died now as a result of the bus crash, we are back in a moment here, right after this. [ male announcer ] millions of men 45 and older
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>> reporter: there is severe flooding in northern new jersey this morning and it is causing schools and roads and malls to close. thousands of people are still out of their home. the river crested at almost 12 feet. that is one of the highest water levels for that river in more than a hundred years. bill: holy cow what is going to happen tomorrow? it's all popping these days.